Researchers around the globe want to investigate the minute structures of materials and their transient behaviors. The X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) Project is doing its part by accelerating electrons to 99.9999 percent the speed of light in a system that spans a length of more than 600m. The joint project between the Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute and RIKEN, another Japanese research organization, measures oscillation and other parameters with a Tektronix RSA6114A Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer, which provides both speed and memory capacity. The Tektronix analyzer will be used on the 60 klystrons which should begin operating in 2010.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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